News from PACT

“We Can I Can”: Joining Forces to Win the Global Battle against Cancer

11 February 2016

The critical need for bold action against cancer was highlighted at an IAEA high-level panel on 9 February to mark World Cancer Day. This commemoration each year is an opportunity for the world to unite and raise its voice against the growing burden of cancer. Stronger partnerships between the public and private sectors, political leadership, innovation, increased awareness and sustained financing are needed to counter this expanding health and development crisis, the panel concluded. The event was held under the patronage of the First Lady of Austria, Margit Fischer. Read more →

A Cancer Survivor’s Tale

04 February 2016

Chalani Jayarathne was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. She was successfully treated with radioactive iodine at the Peradeniya Nuclear Medicine Unit in the Central Province of Sri Lanka under Dr. Damayanthi Nanayakkara and her team. The IAEA has been supporting this facility for over 40 years, through the provision of equipment and professional training. Chalani talks about her treatment, recovery and future plans. Read more →

Ten Years of PACT

04 February 2016

Cancer kills more people than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB combined. Developing countries suffer the most. Two-thirds of cancer deaths occur in these parts of the world, where there are insufficient or non-existent radiotherapy services. For ten years, the IAEA Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) supports low- and middle-income countries to fight cancer by helping develop a cancer control strategy. Read more →

IAEA high level events stress the need for united and sustained efforts to tackle the cancer crisis worldwide

04 February 2016

Vienna, 3 February 2016 – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will mark World Cancer Day 2016 by hosting a series of events to highlight advances made in saving lives from cancer and the need to support countries in providing quality and affordable cancer care. 8.2 million people died of the disease in 2012 with two thirds of them in low-and middle income countries. Read more →

Making cancer care a priority: Mauritania works with PACT to address its national cancer burden.

03 February 2016

Investments in addressing cancer in Africa lag significantly behind efforts to combat high profile infectious diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), tuberculosis and malaria. Mauritania, however, has been countering this trend for a while, and made important strides forward since the establishment of its National Oncology Centre in 2008, supported by the IAEA. Read more →